Curriculum and School Improvement


Advanced Career

A new approach to career and technical education that combines college-readiness academics with hands-on, project-based assignments focused on modern careers. Advanced Career helps prepare students for as many options as possible after high school: a high-value job, college, community college or technical school. 

South Carolina was the lead state working with SREB to develop the AC clean energy technology pathway

South Carolina participation in AC programs, 2016-17:

Clean Energy Technology: 4 schools

Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 1 school

Teachers trained: 2


In July 2017, Patrick Smallwood of the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in Chapin won an Outstanding Advanced Career Teacher award. The South Carolina Department of Education was honored for Outstanding Advanced Career State Support. >

Readiness Courses:
Math Ready and Literacy Ready

Courses specifically designed to help underprepared students succeed in the next phase of education. 

Ready for college

Courses to teach young adults the reading, writing and math skills they must have to succeed in college. Taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems.

During summer 2017, about 40 teachers will attend training for the Math Ready and Literacy Ready courses. In 2015-16, 58 South Carolina teachers from 22 schools participated in training for the courses.

Ready for high school

New courses for the transition from middle grades to high school. Underprepared students take the classes in eighth or ninth grade.

About 30 South Carolina teachers will attend training for the Ready for High School courses during summer 2017. South Carolina is one of 10 states that has participated in developing, field testing, training or piloting Ready for High School Literacy or Ready for High School Math >

High Schools That Work

The nation’s largest school improvement program. HSTW strategies transform high schools into places where all students master complex academic and technical concepts. More than 1,150 schools in 30 states use the framework and its six design features and nine key practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

HSTW State Network

Member states select schools to receive services. The fee for state membership in the consortium covers several services and visits.

South Carolina is a member of the High Schools That Work state network, with 433 active schools in 2015-16.

HSTW Board Member: Ronald Roveri, Director, Office of Career and Technology Education

Contracts for Direct Support

Schools, districts and states contract with SREB for targeted school improvement services such as on-site coaching, technical assistance and professional development. 

Fifteen South Carolina schools contracted for direct services in 2015-16. SREB delivered 128 days of on-site coaching and  30 days of on-site staff development at the schools. >

Technology Centers That Work

Helps shared-time centers produce high-demand, high-wage graduates. SREB provides staff development, technical assistance, publications and assessment services. The network includes almost 200 sites in 18 states.

Active centers in South Carolina in 2015-16: 11


Anderson District I & II Career Technology Center in Williamston was honored in July 2017 as an Outstanding Technology Centers That Work Site. >

Counseling for Careers

Awakens students to career goals and connects them to the high school and postsecondary programs of study to succeed in them. SREB offers workshops, materials and coaching for districts, schools and technology centers, which then involve teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and community partners.

SREB is conducting Counseling for Careers professional development and coaching in eight Williamsburg County schools.